Billy Boyle: How Handheld Breathalysers Could Instantly Diagnose Cancer | Health | WIRED

Smartphone-sized devices could test your breath for cancer within two years, explained Owlstone Nanotech cofounder and president Billy Boyle, speaking at WIRED Health.
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Owlstone, a spinout company from the University of Cambridge, was initially set up to develop handheld military sensors able to quickly detect toxic gases and chemicals in the field. It soon realised the software powering its chemical sensor microchip had major potential for the medical diagnostics field.

Boyle explained that his company has already shrunk down the chemical-sensing technology of mass spectrometers that typically cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, to a tiny, cost-effective field asymmetric ion mobility spectrometry microchip with the potential to detect biomarkers specific to colon, lung cancer and much more.

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Billy Boyle: How handheld breathalysers could instantly diagnose cancer | Health | WIRED

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